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BRISTOL ARTIST PAMELA Smith will be exhibiting several of her large-scale, papier-mâché creations at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore as part of a year-long show.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
August 10, 2007
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
BRISTOL — Papier-mâché sculptures of the Madonna, usually dressed in clothes native to Nepal, graced Bristol’s Main Street in the window of Folkheart for years until the store closed at the beginning of this year.
For many in town they were one set of unique Christmas decorations among many, but to their creator, Pamela Smith, they meant a lot more. To the 56-year-old Bristol resident the sculptures are a way to honor motherhood, which she feels is underappreciated in our culture.
“If you’re having a child, the most important job is to raise that child so that they’re healthy, mentally and spiritually,” Smith said. “We all come from a mother, and I think that we need to give them credence.”
August 10, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — The Gailer School will not move into the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Charter House after all. Instead, school officials will reopen their search for a new campus somewhere else in Middlebury.
Gailer officials confirmed on Thursday they weren’t able to raise enough money in a short enough period of time to buy the Charter House and finance the renovations necessary to transform the North Pleasant Street building into a school.
That means the small private school will continue to use the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) campus as a temporary home, while it rekindles its search for a permanent headquarters in Middlebury village.
It also leaves the Congregational Church in somewhat of a bind, at least temporarily. The church had cleared the Charter House of tenants in anticipation of the sale, which was announced in March, and had begun planning an addition at its Main Street worship hall to accommodate Sunday school and other functions that had been based at the Charter House.
August 10, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight brand new Middlebury College freshmen scraped at the pale blue paint on Lori and Mike Wallace’s Vergennes house on Labor Day weekend. The Wallaces had their hearts set on a new look: granite grey with pink trim.
“It’s unusual, I know, but it’s what we wanted,” Lori said.
The trouble was, both are disabled. Mike broke his neck and Lori suffered a brain hemorrhage a few years ago. So getting out there on ladders wasn’t really an option for them.
Luckily, through the Champlain Valley Agency on Ageing (CVAA) the couple was paired up with 10 eager college students — two upperclassmen led the group — looking for some way to get to know the community before diving into their first semester.
The students, who started classes on Monday, were part of Middlebury Outdoor Orientation (MOO), a 20-year-old program that this year drew more than 200 of the 645 incoming freshmen. MOO is designed to give new students a feel for the environment surrounding the college while offering them an opportunity to bond with each other.